Satwa

Satwa is Tranquility. Satwa attaches one to happiness. Satwa results in Jnana or the "light of knowledge." One attains to the spotless reasons (and is born amongst Jnanis or those who know the highest, like the Brahmavids or the knowers of "Brahman"), when one dies while dwelling in Satwa. Brahmavids, or knowers of Brahman, dwell in Brahman, which is of the nature of delight. In other words, spotless "Brahma Loka" is where Brahmavids delight in Brahman.

Rajas

Rajas is Activity. It is of the nature of "desire" or "passion,"  and of "deep thirst." For example, a deep thirst for sexual gratification is fundamental in human psyche. Rajas also is the reason of "greed." Rajas attaches one to action, and results in pain. If one dies while dwelling in Rajas, one is born amongst those who are "attached" to work (or too much activity).

Tamas

Tamas is Lethargy. When Tamas predominates, one becomes lazy, sleepy, indolent, etc. Tamas results in the "darkness of ignorance." While dying, if one dwells in Tamas, one  is born again amongst the deluded.


Which Diet is Best for Spiritual Progress?

Sam Yogi:

Satwa

Satwa is Tranquility. Satwa attaches one to happiness. Satwa results in Jnana or the "light of knowledge." One attains to the spotless reasons (and is born amongst Jnanis or those who know the highest, like the Brahmavids or the knowers of "Brahman"), when one dies while dwelling in Satwa. Brahmavids, or knowers of Brahman, dwell in Brahman, which is of the nature of delight. In other words, spotless "Brahma Loka" is where Brahmavids delight in Brahman.

Rajas

Rajas is Activity. It is of the nature of "desire" or "passion,"  and of "deep thirst." For example, a deep thirst for sexual gratification is fundamental in human psyche. Rajas also is the reason of "greed." Rajas attaches one to action, and results in pain. If one dies while dwelling in Rajas, one is born amongst those who are "attached" to work (or too much activity).

Tamas

Tamas is Lethargy. When Tamas predominates, one becomes lazy, sleepy, indolent, etc. Tamas results in the "darkness of ignorance." While dying, if one dwells in Tamas, one  is born again amongst the deluded.


Which Diet is Best for Spiritual Progress?

Whether Satwa, Rajas, or Tamas predominates as the primary "Guna" can be controlled by the type of diet one predominately eats. Satwik food is not excessively spicy. It is also juicy, substantial (like rice, beans), and results in longevity, and makes you happy. Rajasik food is bitter, sour, salty, very very hot, spicy, burning , rough, abrasive, and pungent. Rajasik food results in grief and unhappiness! Tamasik food is stinking, left-over (by others), non-pure, stale, cooked overnight (and not refrigerated), etc.

Vegan / vegetarian food is predominantly Satwik. Non-vegetarian food can be Rajasik, or Tamasik, depending on how it is eaten, and how much of it is eaten. Vegetarian diet is also compassionate towards animals and birds. Also, the amount of land used up to feed one meat-eater can feed 8 to 10 vegetarians!


Listen to the Discourse / mp3 Podcast


For spiritual progress, SamYogi recommends a Satwik, vegetarian diet. Here, Bhagavad Gita is referenced to explain these three different types of diets.  Listen to the  49 minute long discourse explaining these three different Gunas, and couple it with your awakened intelligence to decide what is best for you in terms of a practical diet, which can also help you progress spiritually.

Whether Satwa, Rajas, or Tamas predominates as the primary "Guna" can be controlled by the type of diet one predominately eats. Satwik food is not excessively spicy. It is also juicy, substantial (like rice, beans), and results in longevity, and makes you happy. Rajasik food is bitter, sour, salty, very very hot, spicy, burning , rough, abrasive, and pungent. Rajasik food results in grief and unhappiness! Tamasik food is stinking, left-over (by others), non-pure, stale, cooked overnight (and not refrigerated), etc.

Vegan / vegetarian food is predominantly Satwik. Non-vegetarian food can be Rajasik, or Tamasik, depending on how it is eaten, and how much of it is eaten. Vegetarian diet is also compassionate towards animals and birds. Also, the amount of land used up to feed one meat-eater can feed 8 to 10 vegetarians!


Listen to the Discourse / mp3 Podcast


For spiritual progress, SamYogi recommends a Satwik, vegetarian diet. Here, Bhagavad Gita is referenced to explain these three different types of diets.  Listen to the  49 minute long discourse explaining these three different Gunas, and couple it with your awakened intelligence to decide what is best for you in terms of a practical diet, which can also help you progress spiritually.